Tallmadge -- The city is taking applications for grant money that can be used for home repairs.
The city received $65,000 for the Community Development Block Grant Minor Home Repair Program through Summit County and then added $85,000 of its own funds, for a total of $150,000 available to homeowners.
Homeowners must meet income guidelines but can live anywhere in the city, according to Tallmadge's Community Development Manager Pat Sauner.
"The whole goal of the program is to assist people to repair the inside of their house, especially code violations, and also do something for the outside of the house," he said.
Painting of an exterior, repairing a roof, replacing a furnace or hot water tank, and work on gutters, downspouts or electrical system are examples of projects the money would pay for.
Each homeowner can receive up to $15,000.
Because not every participating homeowner will need $15,000, Sauner said this program might able to help about 20 homeowners.
"It's a pilot program. We thought we'd try it for a year," he said. "If we're successful, and it works really well then we'll try to do it again another year," he said.
The money should be available next month, so interested homeowners should apply now. Eligible homeowners with approved home repair projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out, Sauner said.
For information on income guidelines and to request an application by mail, call the Office of Mayor Dave Kline at 330-633-0857.
Sauner said the Minor Home Repair Program not only helps participating homeowners complete the needed work, but homes that are in better shape also benefit the entire neighborhood.
"I don't know that it will actually revitalize a whole neighborhood, but it will take that house on the street that needs some outside work and improve it," Sauner said.
Those who qualify also might be eligible for other county programs, including weatherization and lead abatement.
Sauner said the city wanted to join the Minor Home Repair Program because residents said in the community survey last year that they were concerned with the appearances of some homes in their neighborhoods.
He said the city also is attempting to better neighborhood aesthetics by enforcing codes for building exteriors, including the mowing of lawns, and eliminating abandoned and blighted houses through the Moving Ohio Forward grant program, for which municipalities receive money to pay for the demolition of nuisance homes.
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